Let’s talk about labels. Labels given to us long ago by our siblings (mine would certainly be 'bossy') that we can't quite shake. Labels we give to ourselves after a bad experience or an ended relationship. But these labels are constantly changing, and it's so important to acknowledge that. To stay in tune with who we are today without saying "I can't" or "I'm not like that" before actually considering the idea or proposal.Read More
Haters will say the Color Factory’s sole purpose is, in fact, for women in their twenties to create dreamy, colorful content for their social media feeds. They wouldn’t be entirely wrong, however, I absolutely LOVED this place.
There are few things in life finer than a lazy summer day on a lake. The smell of sunscreen, a page-turner in your lap, maybe a glass of Whispering Angel at your side...dozens of children scuttling over your sandy feet…
Ok, while the last part may fit into my perfect scenario five years from now, it isn’t necessarily a part of my ideal summer day today.
I don’t have the answer for avoiding throngs of people at every beach, but I’ve found my idea of perfection—and isolation—at Donner Lake.Read More
As I approach 30, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about finances. You know, stopping to pause before I purchase the $4 latte or $30 spin class (just writing that makes me cringe!). More generally, the budgeting and financial planning I’ve neglected since college and about which I am now in panic mode because 30 seems to be the arbitrary marker of “real” adulthood.Read More
See: I’m probably jumping the gun for spring clothing, but I rented this jumpsuit for a birthday party in Napa this weekend. Here’s hoping it fits, cutouts are always a bit hit or miss on me.
Hear: My college roommate used to play this song and I thought of it for some reason earlier this week and have been playing it ever since. The perfect Friday song.Read More
Even if my blogging is infrequent, I'd at least like to be better about chronicling trips, as these are the topics friends ask about months or even years later and I always regret not having detailed these experiences somewhere. With that said, we went to Cuba!
The impetus for this trip is nothing you haven't heard before—we wanted to visit before restrictions are fully lifted and you can find Starbucks on every street corner in Havana. Matt and I thought we were going illegally (i.e. through Mexico), but truthfully the 12 stipulations under which Americans can legally visit Cuba are so vague, and no paper work is required, so it's unclear as to whether we even broke any rules.
At any rate, Cuba is a fascinating country and aside from a nasty stomach bug, I thoroughly enjoyed being there and found it unlike any place I've previously traveled. If you'd like to read on, here is a recap of where we visited within the country as well as some general tips for traveling to Cuba (sorry, this is a long one!).
Ohhh, Pai. One of my happy places. San Francisco feels gloomy and stressful today so I'm mentally transporting myself to Art in Chai, where I spent countless (literally. The lady definitely thought I was a degenerate) hours reading, FaceTiming, and journaling while sipping delicious Chai lattes.
While Southern Thailand can be somewhat polarizing (people either love the beaches and parties or feel scammed by the locals and overwhelmed by the crowds), most people I met while traveling fell in love with Northern Thailand. I didn't really have expectations for Chiang Mai or Pai (again, having no expectations is key) and I fell in love with both cities.
Here's a secret about my trip to Southeast Asia: I didn't do any research. I bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok, had a close friend email me some recommendations, and assumed I would figure the rest out by talking to fellow travelers. Thankfully, I assumed correctly and there were very few (maybe one or two) times on the trip when I thought, "man, I really wish I had done more research." Great adventures can't be too planned, after all.
As I mentioned last week, I want to detail my trip to Southeast Asia in a series of posts that will hopefully break it down into digestible chunks by city, region or country, should you ever find yourself planning a similar trip.
My friend Jessica and I arrived in Bangkok, spent 12 hours there, and flew out the same night to Phuket. (Since we didn't spend a significant amount of time in either city, I won't write about them -- mainly because if I ever saw someone write a post on San Francisco and he/she had spent only 12 hours there, I'd freak out 'cause I'm pretty sure you couldn't do the city justice in half a day.)
When I write, I try really hard to avoid cliches...or over-quoting...or inspirational quotes entirely (that's a lie; I LOVE inspirational quotes - guilty pleasure?) but the impetus for my two months in Southeast Asia really can best be summarized by a Rolling Stones song.
You can't always get what you want...but if you try sometimes...you get what you need...
I know, I know. But really.
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”- The Great Gatsby
Substitute “hot” for “crisp” and you have October in San Francisco. But new beginnings and adventures, nonetheless!
Summer is finally here in San Francisco, rolling in just a month after East Coasters packed away their swimsuits and white jeans. While it’s always terribly sad to wear a winter coat to a Giant’s game in July, there’s something lovely about wearing a sundress while drinking a pumpkin spice latte.Read More